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David, Oh Boy! Oberto take Seafair title, grab points lead
Steve David and the Kent-based U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto captured the 63rd Albert Lee Cup – his third straight Seafair win – on Lake Washington Sunday, the fourth stop on the Air National Guard H1 Hydroplane Tour.
"Winning three straight is incredible," said the 58-year-old Floridian, who took his fourth Seafair win in the past six years. "Considering that only a couple of other guys have done that – and who they were – it really hasn't sunk in yet."
With the win, David takes a 193-point lead in the series high-point standings as the tour shifts to Mission Bay in San Diego on Sept. 14-16, followed by the season finale in Doha, Qatar on Jan. 10-12.
David joins Dave Villwock and the late Bill Muncey as three-peat Seafair winners.
In the final heat, David got the jump, flying around the contenders on the outside, timing his arrival at the score-up buoy perfectly. He then established more than the legal overlap and moved over to the inside lane and wired the start at full speed. From that point on, it was all David,
David averaged 135.021 mph for the win, the 15th in his unlimited hydro career.
"We tried four different starts today and saved that one for the final," David said. "I tried it once earlier but the engine stalled for a moment and I couldn't make it work."
Jimmy Shane, driving the U-5 Graham Trucking hydro, was second. Villwock, a former Auburn resident, and the U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96 were third. Brian Perkins, guiding the U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, was fourth in the seven-boat field.
J. Michael Kelly (U-37 Beacon Plumbing) used the inside to get past Villwock for an apparent third-place finish, but was penalized a lap and dropped to sixth place.
The day started with David pushed out to lane three at the start of Heat 2A with Greg Hopp in the U-100 Miss Fox Plumbing and Jon Zimmerman in the U-9 Seattle Sun Tan presents Sound Propeller Services to his left. David powered to the lead, exiting the first turn and cruised to victory with Zimmerman finishing strong to take second and Hopp finishing third.
In 3A, David got the inside on Villwock and held off the Spirit of Qatar for three laps with Shane running third. Several minutes after the heat, officials announced one-lap penalties on David and Villwock. The reshuffled finish gave Shane the victory with David and Villwock dropping to fifth and sixth. Villwock was also penalized 100 valuable points.
63rd Albert Lee Cup results
Finish, boat, driver, avg. speed, points
1. U-5 Graham Trucking, Jimmy Shane, 128.642 mph, 400
2. U-9 Seattle Suntan presents Sound Propeller Services, Jon Zimmerman, 125.126, 300
3. U-11, Acura of Bellevue presents Miss Peters & May, J.W. Myers, 124.945, 225
4. U-100, Miss Fox Plumbing, Greg Hopp, 120.334, 169
5. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 99.718, 127
Penalized: 95-100, U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, Dave Villwock, 98.746, -5
1. U-37 Beacon Plumbing, J. Michael Kelly, 133.269, 400
2. U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, Brian Perkins, 123.981, 300
3. U-57 Miss DiJulio, Mark Evans, 120, 225
4. U-17 Miss Red Dot, Nate Brown, 109.81, 169
DNS: U99 Miss Fox Plumbing Too, Ryan Mallow
Penalzed: 127-100, U-88 Degree Men, Scott Liddycoat, 115.034, 27
1. Oh Boy! Oberto, David, 135.021, 400
2. Graham Trucking, Shane, 133.495, 300
3. Spirit of Qatar 96, Villwock, 129.905, 225
4. Miss Albert Lee Appliance, Perkins, 125.936, 169
5. Seattle Suntan presents Sound Propeller Services, Zimmerman, 123.433, 127
6. Degree Men, Liddycoat, 116.776, 95
7. Beacon Plumbing, Kelly, 130.31, 71
1. Degree Men, Liddycoat, 140.659
2. Miss Fox Plumbing, Hopp, 139.862
3. Acura of Bellevue presents Miss Peters & May, Myers, 131.444
4. U-17 Miss Red Dot, Nate Brown, 126.431
DNS: U-57 Miss DiJulio, Evans